Microsoft Interview question: why would you leave AWS to join Azure?

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Dec 28, 2018 24 Comments

Asking for a friend: I have an upcoming informational and am pretty sure I will be asked: why would you leave AWS to join Azure? I love AWS and Azure, but could use a better TC. My manager is good so I can't blame him for the move. Both compute... So it's apples to apples on business line.

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  • Amazon / Eng mashup
    Even if you were fleeing a bad manager this is something never to say in an interview
    Dec 28, 2018 6
    • PyLadies iQea15
      Is this inappropriate to say because out of respect, you want to avoid speaking negatively of others when they are not in the room?
      Dec 28, 2018
    • Microsoft CykaBlyat
      No, it's inappropriate because no manager in their right mind is going to invest time and money in someone who has made it explicitly clear from the start that they're going to job hop over money. That may be true and understandable, but you don't need to say it.

      It's also a lazy, uncreative answer.
      Dec 29, 2018
    • PyLadies iQea15
      I was asking about why it's bad to state that you're leaving over a bad manager.
      Dec 29, 2018
    • Microsoft CykaBlyat
      Oh. Well, it's generally a bad idea to trash talk your current manager to a hiring manager. It's just poor form, regardless of whether your current manager will find out. Plus, they'll immediately be wondering other stuff, like what you'll say about them in the future, whether you'll cause morale problems by trashtalking, etc.
      Dec 29, 2018
    • PyLadies iQea15
      Makes sense. Thanks!
      Dec 29, 2018
  • Careem dLMvybfdgb
    Looking for bigger impact, excited about Microsoft vision and position, would like to try working in a different culture to help grow, etc.
    Dec 28, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng
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    TC,
    Different work culture
    Always wanted to work for MSFT and now it's a good time since u have a relevant experience
    Dec 28, 2018 2
    • Snapchat BGF95
      OP
      Can you please elaborate?
      Dec 28, 2018
    • Microsoft PMM’d
      Don’t say TC. You don’t want to be a mercenary.

      Things to say:
      1. I’m ready for a new challenge, new experiences
      2. I heard the work culture is better here
      3. I’m excited about the things microsoft is doing in (insert name of the areas here)
      Dec 29, 2018
  • New / Eng
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    “Asking for a friend”. To be honest I don’t know why people do this. It doesn’t hurt if you ask questions
    Dec 28, 2018 1
    • Snapchat BGF95
      OP
      Dude I'm at Snap lol
      Dec 28, 2018
  • Amazon / Mgmt KYuG83
    Culture may be a suitable reason.
    Dec 28, 2018 0
  • Microsoft liveordie
    It is easy to cook up an excuse, but never ever say that the only factor is money. Example excuse: “I have grown up using Microsoft Windows and would like to join Microsoft because it is such an amazing company”. Example: “I feel that Microsoft is a better culture fit for me because I love using Microsoft products, and would like to contribute to its success.”
    Dec 28, 2018 0
  • Microsoft baaaaallls
    "I don't like bananas"
    Dec 29, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng jNeo42
      Amazon doesn’t force an employee to leave the building, walk a few blocks, and wait behind the homeless at the banana stand. It’s at the employee’s discretion.
      Dec 29, 2018
  • Microsoft 🐟FishyFish
    Because Amazon stock has been going downhill
    Dec 28, 2018 1
    • New
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      Not really and if you look the short is betting hard on MSFT. On top of that Amazon announced a killer holiday season so next earnings it should rip up.
      Dec 28, 2018
  • New
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    It's a trap!
    Dec 28, 2018 1
  • Microsoft / Eng
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    Because free soda ??
    Dec 29, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng shdidnxh
    Because the building is dope
    Dec 28, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng jNeo42
    Dec 28, 2018 0